Converting Cisco lightweight access point to autonomous.

Posted on 2010-09-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Hello all, I'm new here...

I have a Cisco AIR-LAP1131G-A-K9 (actually 8 of them). I purchased them by accident. We don't have a WLC nor do we intend to purchase one. I thought about sending them back (I opened one so I couldn't send it back). I did some research and was successful in loading an autonomous IOS image on it.

Everything seems to be working fine on it. I can get into the web GUI and configure it. I have a console window up as well and whenever I change things in the GUI the console shows what it's doing and everything looks normal.

My question is, will this AP work like a factory autonomous AP or will I experience issues with it? From what I read it appears that the hardware is the same it's just the software. If that's the case I should be safe. I just don't want to open up the other 7 APs and load IOS on them if it's going to give me issues later on. From my testing it seems to be working great but any input on someone who has experience with this would be great.

Question by:telextech
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by:Istvan Kalmar
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You must need the AP firmare and TFTP server!

Step 1 The PC you intend to use must be configured with a static IP address in the range of to

Step 2 Make sure the PC contains the access point image file in the TFTP server folder and the TFTP server is activated. For additional information, refer to the "Obtaining the Access Point Image File" and "Obtaining the TFTP Server Software" sections.

Step 3 Connect the PC to the access point using a Category 5 (CAT5) Ethernet cable.

Step 4 Disconnect power (the power jack for external power or the Ethernet cable for in-line power) from the access point.

Step 5 Press and hold the MODE button while you reconnect power to the access point.

Step 6 Hold the MODE button until the status LED turns red (approximately 20 to 30 seconds), and release the MODE button.

Step 7 Wait until the access point reboots as indicated by all LEDs turning green followed by the Status LED blinking green.

Step 8 After the access point reboots, you must reconfigure the access point by using the Web interface, the Telnet interface, or IOS commands.

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ID: 33731912
Thanks for your post but I've already got that far. Please read my question thoroughly. I just want to verify that after I've done this the access point will function as good as a factor autonomous access point and I won't experience problems later on
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Istvan Kalmar earned 500 total points
ID: 33731922
The hardware is same, only the firmware is different for controllers and automous functions!
I advise to set the radio channels to aut and tha AP set the best least congested channels!

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ID: 33731955
Ok great that's what I needed to know and also what I wanted to hear.

Thanks a bunch

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